What are longitudinal and transverse waves?


Longitudinal waves and transverse waves are quite different. Longitudinal waves are the waves in which the direction of propagation is parallel to that of movement of the particles. Transverse waves are the waves where the movement of the particles in perpendicular to direction of propagation of wave.
Q&A Related to "What are longitudinal and transverse waves?"
Both transverse and longitudinal waves show interference and diffraction effects.
Transverse waves vibrate across the direction they are traveling. [trans means across] Picture a water wave vibrating up and down as it travels toward the shore.Electromagnetic waves
In a longitudinal wave the particle displacement is parallel to the
http://www.kettering.edu/~drussell/Demos… Transverse (extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis) and longitudinal (running lengthwise
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